Use these tips for Easter egg safety.
- Keep fresh eggs refrigerated until it’s time to cook them.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling eggs at every step of the process: cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding. Egg shells are porous and let bacteria penetrate, especially after cooking.
- Cook the eggs until both the yolk and white are firm, not runny.
- Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs in their cartons until ready to dye them. Do not eat hard-cooked eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures 90° or higher).
- Don’t color or hide eggs with cracked shells.
- Use only food coloring or food-grade egg dyes to color eggs. Refrigerate eggs in their cartons immediately after dyeing.
- When hiding eggs, avoid areas where they could come in contact with dirt, pets, insects, wild animals, birds, reptiles or lawn chemicals. Never hide cracked eggs.
- Total time for hiding and hunting eggs should not exceed 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures 90° or higher). Refrigerate eggs immediately after they are found.
- If you wish to use dyed hard-cooked eggs as a centerpiece or other decoration, cook extra eggs just for this purpose and discard them after use.
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